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Suggested Questions for Mentors

Suggested Questions for Mentors

Suggested questions to ask your mentee at your first meeting

  • Ask why they chose Columbia College and how the experience is so far.

  • Share thoughts about and reflections on your student experience and what you’ve used in your life since Columbia.

  • Ask what challenges/opportunities your mentee is facing and help them think through how to face/take advantage of them.

  • Discuss majors: how your major helped you, or not, and what potential it has for setting up success.

  • Talk about volunteer work and how those experiences can be used to enrich a resume.

  • Help them reflect on their academic or career interests so they can develop greater awareness about how to make the right choices.

  • Brainstorm ways to stand out in the job application and interview process (share examples).

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Guiding current students as they make important career decisions is deeply impactful and rewarding. During my junior year, my mentor let me shadow him for a week and introduced me to the world of tech startups.

Last summer, I did the same by having a current student shadow me. He was excited by what we were working on and decided to join us for his summer internship.
Jason Feng CC’14

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